Belgium, UCI 1.2
One small loop of 9km, one 38.5km loop from Erondegem to Bambrugge and eight laps of a 9.3km circuit starting and ending at Erondegem, the total distance being 121.9km. The event formed part of the Lotto Cycling Cup.
With a rolling (rather than hilly) parcours and two 20m climbs in the final 1.5km (see details below), this was a race that could go to almost any rider rather than to a sprinter, as at first seemed to be the case. It was also a parcours that might favour a breakaway, especially as one that lasted to the end would have the advantage of being able to sprint to the finish line without the chasers'/peloton's knowledge once around the last right-hand corner and into the final 300m.
|Final 3km profile|
|Esra Tromp's ride will have pleased|
sponsors, fans and her mum!
Meanwhile, it had been a very good race for Maaike Polspoel (TopSport Vlaanderen-Ridley); she was first up the first two climbs, second up the third, third up the fourth and second through the second intermediate sprint - she won the GPM as a result, and very deservedly so. Mascha Pijnenborg was third fastest in the first sprint, fastest through the second and second through the third; she won the sprints classification.
Visser at the finish line, pictured by Bart Hazen
|Winner Adrie Visser|
1. Adrie Visser Skil-Argos 3h04'17"
2. Liesbet De Vocht Rabobank ST
3. Janneke Kanis Skil-Argos ST
4. Kaat Hannes Lotto-Belisol ST
5. Laura Van Der Kamp Dolmans-Boels ST
6. Iris Slappendel Rabobank ST
7. Evelyn Arys Kleo ST
8. Sofie De Vuyst Lotto-Belisol ST
9. Rochelle Gilmore Faren-Honda ST
10. Emilie Moberg Hitec Products-Mistral Home ST (Full results)
1st Intermediate Sprint
1 Emilie Moberg 2 Monique van Ree 3 Mascha Pijnenborg
2nd Intermediate Sprint
1 Mascha Pijnenborg 2 Maaike Polspoel 3 Sofie De Vuyst
3rd Intermediate Sprint
1 Monique Van Ree 2 Mascha Pijnenborg 3 Sara Mustonen
4th Intermediate Sprint
1 Iris Slappendel 2 Maaike Polspoel 3 Luisa Tamanini
1 Maaike Polspoel 2 Sofie De Vuyst 3 Jessy Druyts
1 Maaike Polspoel 2 Linda Ringlever 3 Sara Mustonen
1 Adrie Visser 2 Maaike Polspoel. 3 Marie Voreland
1 Esra Tromp. 2 Iris Slappendel 3 Maaike Polspoel
On the road (Time-BST, info culled from Twitter and other sources). Refresh for updates.
>16:40 It's Adrie Visser! Visser wins 2012 Erondegemse Pijl for Skil-Argos! Liesbet de Vocht (Rabobank) is second.
>16:35 2km, riders altogether. It's going to be a bunch sprint.
>16:29 Peloton has slowed right down now, all the riders daring one another to attack. It's going to blow up any moment.
>16:25 ...and they're caught. Last lap.
>16:24 Nina Kessler (Dolmans-Boels) & Petra Dijkman (Kleo) get away together.
>16:19 Mascha Pijnenborg wins Sprints Classification.
>16:16 Adrie Visser attacks!
>16:14 Two laps left, gap down to under 10" - the end is near, but what a brilliant break it was.
>16:09 Race progressing at superspeed now as the peloton try to reel in Slappendel and Tromp. Have they left it too late...?
>16:07 The peloton is now a long, thin line.
>16:04 Here we go again as the pack click up another gear, reducing the gap by half.
>15:56 Three more laps of the 9.3km circuit. Incredibly, Slappendel has increased the gap to 26"; the pack are going to have to take some serious action soon.
>15:52 Gap down to 13". If only Tromp was a little older and more experienced, they might have been able to work together and won this - she have too much of herself maintaining her solo lead (the sponsors will love her for it, though).
>15:51 Esra Tromp, who has done so much to enliven this race.
>15:49 But the pack won't let her get away with it that easily! They've just clicked up a gear and slashed the gap to 15".
>15:47 Slappendel's putting in all the effort and has lengthened the lead to 25" as Tromp hangs on for dear life - she won't be able to keep up with her for long now.
>15:46 Polspoel was third to the top of the fourth and final climb, making her the GPM winner today. Chapeau!
>15:42 Actually, Slappendel is 27. Sorry Iris!
>15:41 Peloton upping the pace to try to reduce the gap - Slappendel's too dangerous to be allowed to go unchallenged. It's down to 15".
>15:38 Slappendel turned 28 in February and is a highly accomplished rider. She joined Rabobank when Garmin-Cervelo's women's team closed down in 2011, while most of her team mates - including British stars Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead - went to AA Drink-Leontien.nl.
>15:35 It was Iris Slappendel! Unsurprisingly, she's caught Tromp and they now have 21". Expect other victory contenders to start trying to bridge now.
>15:30 An unknown rider goes after Tromp.
>15:30 Five laps left.
>15:27 ...now 30".
>15:26 Tromp has 15".
>15:24 Tromp is 21 and studies business admin. Her mother also races.
>15:22 Esra Tromp (Argos-Shimano) lauches an attack
>15:13 Riders fast approaching the finish line for the second time - but there's still a long way to go: when they get there, they have to complete the six laps of the final circuit.
>15:08 Proving a good race for TopSport Vlaanderen-Ridley's Maaike Polspoel - she won the first two GPM and was second in the third GPM and second sprint. Grabbing points left, right and centre!
>14:51 Riders all together
>14:44 After departing the feeding zone, the group reconvenes
>14:42 The riders have arrived at the feeding zone
>14:40 Emma Mackie attacks solo, builds 10" advantage
>14:38 Average speed 41kph in the first hour
>13:35 Raining lightly
>13:32 135 riders started at 14:30 local time